Tag: Florida

Judge Suspends Enforcement of Part of Florida’s Stop WOKE Act

A federal judge on Aug. 18 has temporarily blocked part of Florida’s “Stop WOKE Act,” also known as the state’s Individual Freedom Act. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in April signed the measure, FL HB 7, which he called the “Stop Wrongs Against Our Kids Act,” to prohibit the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in schools, and require…


A Unique College Program Helps Students Hone Important Life Skills Through Performing Shakespeare Plays

After school one day, a gregarious and confident sixth-grade student named Travis Curtright told his mother about his plans to be a stand-up comedian. In a way, his dream came to fruition, for professionally he draws out the comedic genius of William Shakespeare as the Director of Shakespeare in Performance at Ave Maria University. It…


Gov. DeSantis Announces the Pending Arrest of 20 for Voter Fraud

DeSantis announces “the state of Florida has charged and is in the process of arresting 20 individuals across the state for voter fraud.” At a press conference that began at 2:43 p.m.in Fort Lauderdale on Aug. 18, Flordia, Gov. Ron DeSantis—backed by no less than 15 law enforcement officers and flanked by Attorney General Ashley Moody,…


Florida Charges 20 With Voter Fraud, Gov. DeSantis Says

Twenty people in Florida who had been disqualified from voting because of felony convictions are now facing voter fraud charges, Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Aug. 18. “The Office of Election Crimes and Security, in conjunction with the Attorney General’s office and the FDLE [Florida Department of Law Enforcement], has charged and is in the…


Florida Democrats Challenging DeSantis Opt for Contrasting Campaign Strategies

Just days before the Democratic gubernatorial primary in Florida, candidate Charlie Crist popped in at a Souls to the Polls event in North Central Florida, thrilling many Democrats in the post-church, Sunday-afternoon crowd. Though he’ll face three other challengers on Aug. 23, the congressman ignored them all in his pre-Primary Day appearance. Instead, under the…


2 Deaths in Florida Linked to Raw Oysters From Louisiana

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.—A restaurant customer in Fort Lauderdale has died of a bacterial infection after eating raw oysters. A Pensacola man died the same way this month. Both cases involved oysters from Louisiana. Gary Oreal, who manages the Rustic Inn, told the South Florida SunSentinel that the man who died had worked years ago at…


Miami Officer Shot Pursuing Robbery Suspect Dies Days Later

MIAMI—A 29-year-old police officer who was shot in the head while trying to stop a robbery suspect in Miami has died, officials said. Det. Cesar Echaverry was shot Monday night as he and other officers closed in a suspect wanted for an earlier robbery in nearby Broward County, police said. His family had remained by…


Florida Court Rules Pregnant Teen Not ‘Mature’ Enough to Decide on Abortion

A Florida appeals court upheld a decision to deny a pregnant 16-year-old an abortion, as she is not “sufficiently mature” to decide whether to terminate her pregnancy. The ruling affirmed an earlier decision by Escambia County Circuit Judge Jennifer Frydrychowicz to block the teenager’s abortion request, identified as “Jane Doe 22-B,” without consent from a parental…


Suspended Florida Prosecutor Sues Gov. DeSantis, Alleging ‘Illegal Abuse of Power’

Suspended Florida prosecutor Andrew Warren on Aug. 17 sued the state’s governor, claiming he did not have the power to suspend him. Warren, the state attorney for the 13th Judicial Circuit, acknowledges Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis may suspend a state officer for reasons including neglect of duty, but argues he shouldn’t have been suspended. Speaking…


Miami Officer Still Critical as Robbery Suspect Identified

MIAMI—A 29-year-old police officer who was shot in the head while trying to stop a robbery suspect in Miami remained in “extremely critical condition” early Wednesday, officials said. Det. Cesar Echaverry was shot Monday night as he and other officers closed in a suspect wanted for an earlier robbery in nearby Broward County, police said….